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Arizona Office of Tourism, Industry Partners Launch Interactive Recreation & Cultural Sites Map on Arizona Experience Website

August 16, 2012

Visitor Resource Touts Arizona’s Abundant Outdoor and Cultural Destinations

Experiencing Arizona’s diverse recreation destinations and unique cultural sites just got a little easier! The Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT), in collaboration with the Arizona Council for Enhancing Recreation & Tourism (ACERT), is proud to present the online version of the Recreation & Cultural Sites Map. The interactive map is available online on The Arizona Experience website and is equally accessible via personal computer or tablet.

ACERT is a group of federal, state, universities and not-for-profit organizations working together to bring attention to the diverse cultural and recreation visitor opportunities on public lands and tribal areas throughout the State of Arizona.  ACERT has produced a printed version of the Recreation & Cultural Sites Map for the past two decades. The popular visitor resource promotes Arizona’s national parks and monuments, federal recreational areas, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sites, State Parks, Tribal attractions, and statewide cultural and historical locations.

Information found on the map details where travelers can boat, fish, raft, canoe, swim, view mountain vistas or wildlife, find cultural and historical locations, ride equestrian trails, locate hiking or biking trails and campsites all through Arizona. 

“The Recreation & Cultural Sites Map is an exceptional tool for our visitors and now we are able to offer this helpful resource online,” said Sherry Henry, AOT director. “This map goes beyond the standard map and highlights Arizona’s exciting recreation and natural attributes as well as the diverse cultural, historical and archeological sites found throughout the state.”

The interactive map is hosted on The Arizona Experience website, which commemorates Arizona’s Centennial and is a great companion website to AOT’s consumer website, arizonaguide.com. The Arizona Experience website offers an online portal to the people, places, innovations and events that have defined our past and are shaping our future. Additionally, the site provides aerial videos of iconic Arizona landscapes, interactive maps, historic timelines, oral histories and informative articles, videos and slide shows that encapsulate Arizona’s past, present and illuminates its future. 

“Arizona has an abundance of recreation and cultural sites for visitors to experience,” said Glenn Schlottman, ACERT council chairman. “The interactive version of the Recreation & Cultural Sites Map provides an easy way for visitors to research and plan their visits to these types of destinations.”

The online map can be viewed at arizonaexperience.org. A printed version of the Recreation & Cultural Sites map is still available and can be found at the more than 60 Local Visitor Information Centers. It can also be picked up at State Parks, National Parks, BLM, U.S. Forest and AZ Game and Fish sites located across Arizona.  Printed maps are also available from the Arizona Office of Tourism.

For more information on what to see and do in Arizona visit arizonaguide.com.

About Arizona Office of Tourism
Created as an executive agency in 1975, the Arizona Office of Tourism is charged with enhancing the state’s economy and the quality of life for all Arizonans by expanding travel activity and increasing related revenues through tourism promotion and development. AOT works to serve the Grand Canyon State’s travel industry and related businesses, the traveling public, and the taxpayers of Arizona.

About Arizona Council for Enhancing Recreation & Tourism
The Arizona Council for Enhancing Recreation & Tourism (ACERT) is a group of federal, state, universities and not-for-profit organizations working together to bring attention to vibrant tourism and recreation opportunities on public lands and in rural and tribal areas throughout the State of Arizona. More specifically, ACERT is comprised of the Arizona Office of Tourism, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona Geological Survey, Arizona Highways, AZ Museum Association, Arizona Historical Society, Arizona Humanities Council, Arizona State Parks, Arizona State University, Arizona Trail Association, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Navajo Parks & Recreation, Northern Arizona University, U.S. Fish and Wildlife-Buenos Aires, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, and the US Forest Service.

About The Arizona Experience
Commemorating 100 years of statehood, the Arizona Experience is a website dedicated to promoting Arizona’s past, present, and future in a dynamic, 4D multimedia environment. The Arizona Experience is more than a website; it is a celebration. Conceived to commemorate a once-in-a-lifetime event - one hundred years of statehood - it celebrates where Arizona has come from and where it is going. Through a series of multimedia and interactive pages and activities, you can meet some of the people who nurtured the state through its early years and others who are innovating its tomorrows. You can discover the natural resources that shaped its history and are transforming its present day. And you encounter the ingenuity that tamed the wild frontier and is envisioning Arizona’s next frontiers.

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